LOL live-tweets from reporters on the disaster greeting them in Sochi

The press is arriving at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and it seems things aren’t quite ready yet.  And reporters are tweeting what they’re finding, and it’s absolutely hilarious.

Bad news: One hotel has no floors in the lobby.

Good news: The floorless lobby does have the required photo of Vladimir Putin.

Bad news: The water is off.

Worse news:  The water is back on, and the color of urine, while the hotel staff warns it’s “very dangerous.”

Bad news: Wild dogs wake you up at 5am.

Good news: The hotel has free “Cok Juice” for breakfast.

Putin spent over $50 billion, the most expensive Olympics in history, and he still couldn’t pull it off.  The man’s not even a good dictator.

Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair, who had the “very dangerous” water, did a great write-up on the scene, and the implications of Sochi not being quite ready for prime-time:

Welcome to Sochi 2014, the dystopian-like Games where a simple shower poses a threat to your face, fire alarms ring constantly and several hotels remain unfinished. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent more than $50 billion on these Games — the most expensive Olympics, winter or summer, ever — yet he seemingly forgot to pay the water bill.

No one likes to hear sportswriters complain about their hotels. I’m not a sportswriter, so believe me when I swear that I mock those whiners right along with you.

But this is different.

The Sochi Olympics aren’t just a sporting event. They represent Putin’s pride, his metaphoric muscle flexing in an effort to show the international community just how virile his country has become under his leadership. He dared the world to admire Russia’s ability to produce these Games, so we must.

And, in some respects, the effort looks extraordinarily weak.

Caitlin Dewey at the Washington Post put together a knee-slapping collection of some of the best tweets.  (I say hilarious, but they’re also sad – the thing is just a mess.) I’ve borrowed a few of hers, and went and found a bunch more.  Enjoy.

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And be sure to check out my earlier story about the disaster that is Sochi Toilets.


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  • Grant

    This is just like obamacare.. throw lots of money at it and watch it fail.

  • JCNow

    What do you expect from a dictator who believes that it’s appropriate to imprison someone for wearing rainbow colored suspenders. Putin is a moron. And Sochi is the result. This, truth be told, is exactly what would happen if we allowed our christian fundie friends down south to try to put together an Olympics without help from rational human beings. At this stage of the disaster, they’d be on their knees, praying to their almighty dictator for salvation from worldwide humiliation.

  • nasse kallstrom

    nothing new..
    in London 2012 Pepsi T-Shirts And Nike Trainers were ‘Banned’. And McDonald’s sponsorship deal included the exclusive right to sell chips in and around Olympic venues. Other caterers had negotiated special rights to serve chips with fish – but not chips on their own, or with anything else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cringe at that.

  • Shawn Smallman

    From what Russians did they milk this juice from is what I want to know.

  • Abbey Harris

    I don’t call not having a locking hotel room door safe!!

  • James

    Clearly there are signs everywhere in cyrillic, with english translations. Mark Carlson just made a fool of himself

  • staff office

    Wow, everything form face scalding water to no pillows, to door knobs that fall off as you turn them, to jizz covered beds this is what I expect if the Olympics were held he some third world country. The Russian people should be utterly embarrassed as well as the king pin of corruption Vlad Putin. I would love to see athletes boycott this travesty and get out while you can.

  • Tor

    As my dear mother sometimes says: “We could have gone on a long time without having to mention that.” ;-)

  • M_N

    Fifty. One. Billion. Dollars.

  • Anonymous

    Is it bad that I laughed? They tried so hard to seem sophisticated, and the crap is already hitting the fan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

    And then Putin said…the biggest concern is keeping you safe. Oh you’ll be safe, but you won’t be comfortable.

  • Anonymous

    This is unacceptable. Even in the cheapest hotels I’ve stayed in, in poor countries, they still had more respect for their clientele than this. If they treat people paying thousands like this, how does everyone else fare? What a joke
    Just more money-grubbing from Putin – $5 digs for $500 prices

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

    The IOC may be a joke, but they still have a ways to go to match FIFA in the corruption department.

  • 4th Turning

    I want to thank you for your take on this mess also. I feel like we may have
    read history with similar objectives. I hope you discovered the same silken
    thread that runs through all of it. I once saw a passing footnote regarding
    Einstein. Apparently the only philosopher he liked was Spinoza which was
    my cue. Am not smart enough to understand his work but grew to love
    him as a fellow human being.(Mentioned because his family was part
    of that great diaspora you refer to.)

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    In the 90s, I visited Tampa, Florida. When driving through the downtown, my friend showed me where the homeless people had stripped the aluminum siding from abandoned buildings as high up as they could reach. They were selling it for scrap. You can almost understand homeless peole doing that.

    What was harder to understand was the 5-ton rooftop air conditiong unit that was stoled from the top of a Denny’s restaurant when they were closed briefly for remodeling. It happened in the middle of the night. That was more than a few homeless people needing a few bucks – the guys that did it had to have resources to pull that off.

    Here in Wisconsin, copper theft is a real problem. Or at least it was – they now don’t leave giant spools of wire unguarded at construction sites.

    I’ve also heard stories of electrical substations getting robbed of various parts.

    It’s really a nationwide problem.

  • 4th Turning

    My concern also. Appreciate your posting. Sometimes laughter is an involuntary
    physiological reaction in certain stressful situations that has nothing to do with
    genuine humor as you probably know. There is something Shakespearean
    unfolding in this pitiable story.
    I think we will all be watching bits and pieces trying to get some kind of sense
    of what the immediate consequences might be. I usually try to catch the
    diving and gymnastics regardless.

  • nicho

    On Netflix, watch The Grand — and see how Downton Abbey is a total ripoff of a ’90s series. I was amazed.

  • BillFromDover

    And what… ruin the experience?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Maybe that explains the ‘No Fishing’ sign.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Sochighazi?

  • BillFromDover

    Perhaps, but I’ll wager that those electrical outlets worked.

  • BillFromDover

    Did Hell put in a bid for these games

    And if so, did they have they highest quote, or what?

  • BillFromDover

    What kind, pray tell?

  • BillFromDover

    I don’t wanna say anything about this, so I won’t… except for one little thing:

    Are you fuckin’ shitting us Vlad?

    I sincerely hour your opening ceremony doesn’t become burred under an avalance of yellow snow.

  • O’Neill Clan

    What a mess. Putin looks like a fool.

  • 1jetpackangel

    Five bucks says that when they start the opening ceremonies, it’ll run fine for a few minutes and then blow a fuse (and probably a few transformers). Or people will start to do The Wave and when they sit down their seats will break, also in The Wave.

  • pappyvet

    same thing ;]

  • Swami_Binkinanda

    myasnoiyeh myaso, “meaty meat.” Hungary it was “hoosh hoosh”, or meat meat.

  • Swami_Binkinanda

    Cok is russian for juice, at least.

  • ComradeRutherford

    Not cold enough. Try North Dakota…

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    or Kansas

  • nicho

    Now, athletes say they’re being told to cover upmthe Apple logos on their iPhones etc., so as not to upset Samsung, which is one of the corporate sponsors.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Oh, yeah, it’s a widespread problem. I had in mind a particular theft in Pennsylvania, though, of a bridge in New Castle: http://www.wfmj.com/story/15644204/theives-make-off-with-entire-bridge-in-new-castle

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    *snorts* Yeah, if I were travelling to a place like that, I might consider just buying a sack of those disposable 35 mm cameras you can still get. They’ve served me well in the past for emergency photographic needs.

    As for people who bombard their Twitter or Tumblr or Facebook stream with photos of every little thing they’re doing, it reminds me of those scenes in old “Simpsons” episodes where Aunts Patty and Selma are showing off their holiday snaps and they’re all boring photographs of the food they’re eating and of electric outlets and similar things.

  • nicho

    So could people’s colons if they drink that water.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    My recollection is during the USSR era, there were two classes of hotels for Western visitors: The crappy, half-falling down ones for normal tourists, and the upscale (and thoroughly bugged) ones for visiting VIPs, with all the amenities.

    I remember seeing a photo once of Moscow, suffering from one of its frequent blackouts. All dark, except for two buildings: The Kremlin and the VIP hotel.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    That’s kind of my point and all it takes for the coopted media markets to suppress it. Just acknowledge that maybe there are some issues, then immediately label them as “isolated” and “quickly resolved.”

    Even if they’re neither of those things.

  • HolyMoly

    They need to type up reports on an old-fashioned typewriter, seal their reports up in envelopes, hand to a courier in a briefcase (handcuffed to the courier), who then flies to a “safe” country nearby, hands the report to someone who then retypes on a computer and sends it off to news headquarters (sounds like “Cardinal of the Kremlin” type of stuff). If it’s not important to get the report out RIGHT NOW, an exception would be something like a terrorist bombing, that seems like the way to go. Who won what gold in whatever event will be televised live and reported shortly thereafter on our local news broadcasts. It’s not like we won’t know if these guys don’t send it to us IMMEDIATELY. I know, it’s unrealistic, but it seems almost as if that’s the best way to do it.

    Imagine all the fans (and athletes alike) who fly to Russia. Oh, boy. People who suffer from withdrawal symptoms if they don’t post something on Facebook every 10 minutes. You know they’re not going to scrub banking information and passwords before entering the country. They’re toast. I say leave the phone at home, take pics with an old-fashioned camera or digital camera, keep a (handwritten) journal, and rehash your experience on FB once you return. Your “friends” really don’t care about your “hey, look at me! me! me!” posts anyway. (Sorry for the misplaced rant LOL).

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Pooty Poot spent/stole billions of dollar trying to portray his hellhole
    of a country as a First World country and failed miserably

    I’m with ya. Instead, he created a hellhole of an Olympics village…

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I just finished the 2nd season of Sherlock on Netflix. I’m sure I can find something else to watch there. It’s for damned sure I will see not a single minute of actual Olympics events coverage.

  • http://musephotos.wordpress.com/ GarySFBCN
  • ComradeRutherford

    Everyone that complains will be shipped of to Siberian labor camps.

  • HolyMoly

    Scapegoating gays may only be the beginning. Look at the reaction in France that came not long after expansion of gay rights. Now you have some (small in number at present) who are also loudly expressing their hatred of Jews. It seems to be a natural progression of hatred that you start with one target, and when that target is exhausted or proves to be too small for the amount of hate you have to give, another target is added to the list.

    The Spanish Inquisition was much the same way. The thirst for hatred was not quenched once most of the Jews and Muslims either fled the country or were caught up in the Inquisition. So they needed someone else to hate. Now on to Jews and Muslims who had converted to Christianity (conversos and moriscos). They HAVE to be secret Jews and Muslims…they still adhere to some of their old customs, like cooking with olive oil or bathing regularly (no joke). The hatred by this point, rather than being sated, started to grow and take on a life of its own. Inquisitors turned in on themselves and started accusing Christians and inquisitors alike.

    You see that same pattern over and over throughout history. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we see the same thing take place in Russia.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    See ya there! I’ll bring popcorn.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Gulag Spam?

  • jomicur

    Gee, I hope the sponsors realize enough profits to make up for the HUGE PR debacle from having their corporate logos plastered across all of this. It would be just too bad if they all took a great big bath, wouldn’t it? (Then again, taking a bath in Sochi might be a bit tough.)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I remember Detroit. Now that’s a dystopian future.

  • http://musephotos.wordpress.com/ GarySFBCN

    I don’t know if the toilet paper has improved since my visit, but it was so crude that I thought I was going to get splinters from it. We were instructed that we could deposit the used paper into the toilet, but we may have to ‘let it soak for awhile’ before it would fully flush.

  • jomicur

    I’ve been watching NBC’s evening news, out of curiosity for how they’d cover this. A couple of nights ago Brian Williams, pompous and condescending as ever, did mention that there had been reports that Sochi wasn’t ready. But he insisted, in true media flack style, that they were “isolated,” and added in a confident tone that the authorities were assuring everyone there would be no problems. I hate to be callous, but if anyone has to suffer at Sochi, I hope it’s Williams. In fact, I wish him the most repulsive fate possible: I hope he has to share a bed with Johnny Weir.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    From what we gather, those toilets could explode at anytime.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    My wife assuredly does not pronounce their name as they’d like.

    She does the same with ‘Boehner.’ lol

  • HolyMoly

    That’s what bothers me about it. The fact that Sochi is in a shambles SHOULD be news. Truth is truth whether you report on it or not. But the fact that innocent people could be harmed due to Putin’s reaction to the reporting makes me think it should be downplayed. Some things are more important to me than others. And I guess that’s one of the quandaries we’re faced with, living in a country where a free press is (at least in theory) sacrosanct. Too much ridicule could have the effect of CREATING the news rather than just reporting on it. And the news this could potentially create is horrifying.

    Maybe a news report live on camera from Sochi WITHOUT commenting on the mess would be better. No need for sarcastic remarks; the rubble lying in the background is obvious enough. Putin might react more forcefully to the public scorn than anything else.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Oh my yes — we used to get hit with that insecticide on every trip to India. Gawd it was awful. We soon started packing those disposable respirators in our purses.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Love it: Time for some traffic in Sochi.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Actually, it’s not so much sewage treatment plants as the fact that in order to save money during construction, many 2nd and 3rd world countries’ builders will use substandard (i.e. undersized) sewage piping throughout buildings, as well as smaller-than-normal flush toilets.

    As a consequence, the toilets can barely handle normal amounts of human waste, with the addition of toilet paper resulting in almost instant clogs. For us, a clogged toilet is almost always right there at the toilet. When the entire building’s sewage infrastructure is shoddy and inadequate, those clogs can happen almost anywhere — and usually do. So instead of one flooded bathroom, you can end up with an entire floor or most of the building with toilets backing up. (Gross, I know.).

    So rather than spending the money to put in properly sized pipes, they just tell people not to throw any toilet paper into the toilets. Which still clog and back up way more than normal.

    I encountered this situation several times while traveling in India… The lower the cost of the hotel, the more likely it was I’d see one of those signs and wastebaskets next to the toilet.

    If this is happening in Sochi, in brand new and supposedly “pride of Russia”-grade hotels, it’s not because they just didn’t have the money to spend on it. It’s far more likely the reason is so more graft could be extracted.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Actually, that happens almost everywhere these days… There was a story here in the ABQ area last year, about manhole and water-utility covers being stolen.

    On the upside, they passed some pretty strict rules to punish the scrap dealers for accepting municipal property and the problem seems to have eased up.

    On the other hand, thieves stripping the wiring and plumbing out of buildings remains a serious issue…

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Aye, that’s the real point of concern — and judging from various reports, security in and around Sochi is a joke. Keystone Kops, by some reports.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I would join you in the hope, but if these reports gain traction in world-wide media, with “Sochi is a cesspit” taking precedence over the Olympics games events, there’s little doubt scapegoats will be found.

    The real question of course is, “Will it actually BE reported?”

    It wouldn’t surprise me if NBC and its affiliates suppressed or downplayed these reports. And in every country around the world, other broadcasters will be in the same boat.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    And if there’s an actual incident of terrorism, look out! The explosion of hatred and xenophobia won’t be funny.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    I suppose there’s a chance that Putin doesn’t really care; maybe, if his chief concern isn’t appearance but rather the proper disbursement of all that sweet sweet graft money. But…yeah, this could go really, really badly, violently badly.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    $50 billion spent and apparently “Oh yeah, and build a halfway decent Winter Olympics venue” fell off the end of the To Do list…

    The sheer amount of graft and corruption across the entire endeavor must be staggering.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    A Potemkin Olympics Village…

  • jomicur

    Unfortunately, I don’t think you’re wrong at all. My biggest fear is that when Putin needs to distract from the national embarrassment, he will further scapegoat our sisters and brothers there. And since polls show that a huge majority of Russians are already behind his anti-LGBT pogrom, he could very well get away with it. I’m laughing at the Sochi debacle as hard as anyone, but underneath the laughter there is a strong current of fear and deep, deep concern.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Or Oklahoma!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    To utterly mix my scandal memes: “Is it wrong that I’m smiling?”

  • nicho

    Yeah — and the brothers pronounce Koch (real pronunciation “Cock”) as “Coke.”

  • nicho

    Bruce Arthur of the National Post is in Sochi. He wrote a round-up of travel nightmares from journalists. The best tidbits:

    Journalist Joerg Reuter found construction workers sleeping in his bed. When he was moved to a different room, there was a stray dog in it.

    The Ekaterininsky Kvartal hotel has no elevator.

    Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated had to leave his room through a window because all the doors are stuck locked.

    One of the twin beds in a journalist’s room was covered in semen when they arrived.

    One journalist was told he will not get a shower curtain.

    http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/There-Are-Some-Nightmare-Travel-Stories-Coming-5204184.php

  • PeteWa

    I’ve heard everything at Sochi is a lot nicer if you are riding through town shirtless on a horse.

  • jomicur

    I hear the IOC plans to hold the next Olympics at Fawlty Towers.

  • mirror

    You are so right. At this point the IOC owns this.

  • jomicur

    Well, of course they don’t have things ready. All of Russia’s tech people are busy with important things, like video cameras for Neo-Nazi skinheads,

  • caphillprof

    First there were Potemkin villages. Now we have a Putin village.
    Russia–is it a great country or what?

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Oh yeah, the gulags are going to be full after this one.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Well, this was the obvious outcome based on all of the reports, pictures and first-person accounts that we’ve read.

    I wonder how Putin could have walked through his tour a week or two ago and not have seen this? Of course, he was probably only shown the best parts. And anything he knew was defective was swept under the rug while lower-level people were punished.

    What amazes me more than anything is that basic infrastructure is either nonexistent or so defective that it’s dangerous. Water that is dangerous and rolling blackouts should have been able to be fixed in 7 years.

    The IOC is now officially a joke. Allowing this to proceeed was stupid. Between this and their brushing offthe anti-gay problems, they look ridiculous and there will be a lot of questions when this is all over.

    And there will be the inevitable sponsor lawsuits. Get out the popcorn, this will be entertaining to watch.

  • HolyMoly

    The tweets are a bit humorous, heaping ridicule where it’s due. The only thing I’d worry about is that Putin will be seething with anger over this embarrassment. And when things go wrong at the hands of a dictator, they don’t look in the mirror and do a little self-reflection. They blame everyone around them. They take it out on everyone around them. Many of the workers, who could only do as much as they could with the insufficient materials they had on hand, could be punished in one way or another. Jail time for some contrived crime? Permanently blacklisted from employment? Evicted from their apartments?

    I don’t know that any of those things would happen, but in my many years of working, I have known incompetent and ineffective managers who blame and “punish” everyone beneath them for their own shortcomings. I believe it’s not much different for dictators whose incompetence has been showcased for the entire world.

    Here’s to hoping that I’m completely wrong about this.

  • Lightning Baltimore

    Actually, it’s pronounced like soak.

  • http://musephotos.wordpress.com/ GarySFBCN

    LOL! In restaurants EVERY TIME I asked what the meat was, the answer was the same: Young a-knee-MAL.

  • nicho

    So, can we call our plutocrat masters “The Juice Brothers”

  • nicho

    You were hoping it was smoked sausage. Russia is the land of “mystery meat.”

  • Tor

    One of the people in my party could not find a seat belt, and the snack was, well, interesting. A piece of smoked sausage, as I recall.

  • http://musephotos.wordpress.com/ GarySFBCN

    I was on an Aeroflot flight where they were trying to get the door closed as they were on the tarmac, speeding to take-off. And then where was the insecticide that they spayed on everyone before we disembarked…

  • Tor

    Similarly, I visited Moscow and Leninigrad in 1984, and thought the country was pretty third-worldish. Guess it has not improved much. Plutocracy at work.

    Don’t even ask about the flights on Aeroflot!!!

  • James Ehmann

    oh! like queso cheese, or saraha desert!

  • BlueIdaho

    NBC News reported last night that within minutes of arriving in Russia any communication device you turn on will be hacked within minutes. Maybe these folks should be glad there is no WI-FI.

  • Nathanael

    This is like the “hotels” I saw in China in the 1980s, imitations of Western hotels built by people who didn’t know what they were doing.

    Since then, China has gotten a lot better at building hotels, by all reports. Apparently Russia’s construction industry is now an inferior copy of China’s. It’s sad; the Tsarist-era hotels were very nice and the Lenin- and Stalin-era hotels were actually pretty high quality too (if consistently Brutalist and with no fire safety).

  • lynchie

    Article from the Toronto Star.

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/sochi2014/hockey/2014/02/05/canadas_mens_hockey_team_will_share_spartan_accommodations_in_sochi.html

    3 to a room. 3 single beds. Female hockey player has bed in kitchen.

  • MoonDragon

    I know Tom Corbett is trying his best, but he hasn’t totally ruined the state yet.

  • nicho

    Hilarious video on Mother Russia, gays, and Sochi

    http://youtu.be/lSYSIIjizcw

  • Hue-Man

    Complaining about deficiencies may affect your plans to exit Russia. From October.

    “Russia’s
    powerful FSB security service plans to ensure that no communication by
    competitors or spectators goes unmonitored during the event, according
    to a dossier compiled by a team of Russian investigative journalists
    looking into preparations for the 2014 Games.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/06/russia-monitor-communications-sochi-winter-olympics

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    I find myself thinking of all the Cold War-era jokes about how nothing worked in the Soviet Union, e.g. the old chestnut about how Communist Hell is actually quite pleasant because the heat’s been out for months. Sounds like nothing’s changed, really, and that the Balm in Gilead of capitalism that is supposed to cure all ills hasn’t done the former U.S.S.R. any favors.

  • nicho

    Thank dog Turner Classic Movies is showing a whole month of the top classics. Not even the slightest chance I’ll switch to NBC.

  • nicho

    From all reports, it sounds like Somalia — with nukes.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Oh, come on. Sochi may be a dump but it’s not Pennsylvania!

  • nicho

    I have a shiny new quarter that says that the manhole covers were stolen and sold for scrap.

  • nicho

    I think it’s hilarious. Pooty Poot spent/stole billions of dollar trying to portray his hellhole of a country as a First World country and failed miserably. It is sad for the athletes who trained hard for this, but Pooty, Coke, McDonalds, and the IOC can suck it.

  • nicho

    I actually brushed my teeth with beer in St. Petersburg. Thee was no danger of anyone drinking the water by accident. It looked and smelled horrible. Even some of the bottled water was pretty sketchy.

  • MoonDragon

    Well, it looks like the terrorists can go home. The organizers have done the job for them.

  • http://musephotos.wordpress.com/ GarySFBCN

    I visited Russia during Perestroika, in 1988. None of this surprises me, except the ignorance of the waste can as toilet-paper depository, which is quite common in many countries that lack adequate sewage treatment plants.

    In Leningrad (once again St. Petersburg), even though I was in the ‘presidential suite’ of the best hotel at the time, our first night I had to brush my teeth using Pepsi as the water was bad, and we had no bottled water. On subsequent days I used water that I boiled myself.

  • Cletus

    Oh, suck my Cok, through a straw…

  • Cletus

    Didn’t see anything they posted that was “hilarious”, per se. More on the order of very, very sad for all involved.

  • CA_2013

    “Sochi” should be treated as a neologism like “Santorum”, meaning something like how to spend a shit ton of money to get ready for something and still screw it up.

  • perljammer

    I wonder whether the Olympic Village conditions are as bad as the hotels. If they are, we likely won’t see many records being broken this Olympiad.

  • Indigo

    Yes, it’s a sad tale to tell because they Olympians train hard and deserve the best. The IOC owes them a profound apology. Meanwhile, NBC News cackles in delight over how great it’s going to be.

  • Indigo

    This could easily be the first time in Olympic history that the Olympics have scuttled the Olympics through mismanagement, embezzlement, and farce. There’s no need for a justifiable boycott, they did in themselves all by themselves in Sochi.

  • Buford2k11

    I feel bad for the athletes who have trained hard for the Games…

  • Lightning Baltimore

    Сок is Russian for Juice. Aside from that, what a horrific mess!

  • Quilla

    Again, why are we not boycotting? Who cares if the IOC says you can’t complete in the next one? It’s an old dog without teeth and, considering the disaster (and danger) that is Sochi, sans sense as well.

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